Fri, Dec 07, 2007
Want To Maintain Old Tanker, Supply New One
The two bidders in the
hotly-contested battle for the KC-X contract to replace the US Air
Force's aging KC-135 tanker fleet, also want a piece of maintaining
the service's newer KC-10 aircraft.
Representatives with Northrop Grumman and Boeing confirmed
Thursday their companies will compete for a nine-year deal to
provide logistical and maintenance for the KC-10 fleet.
The deal could be worth up to $3.8 billion, reports The
Associated Press. According to Northrop Grumman spokesman Dave Apt,
the contract would cover maintenance and repair of the KC-10
refueling system, as well as engine and aircraft upgrades on the
In addition to US Air Force aircraft, the deal also includes the
same services for two KC-10 planes in service with the Royal
Netherlands Air Force.
ANN has reported extensively on the competition between Boeing and Northrop to
supply the Air Force's newest tanker aircraft. Dubbed
KC-X, the companies are fielding variants of Boeing and Airbus
commercial airliners for that $40 billion deal to replace 179
The Air Force could decide between Boeing's KC-767 and
Northrop's Airbus-derived KC-30 as soon as February 2008. A
decision on the KC-10 logistics bid is expected in the summer.
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